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Old Jul 15, 2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default One of the World's Rarest Birds - Courtois' Laughing Thrush

My trip to WuYuan was primarily in search of this bird, Courtois' Laughing Thrush, (and the Pied Falconets - though they are not endangered) armed with information on the exact locations in WuYuan where these very rare birds can be found (this information is not widely available and is just being passed on from birder to birder).

This is a little information on how endangered these birds are :

Even though the available data on courtoisi are still quite limited, enough is known to draw some tentative conclusions as to its status - given the fact that the known birds are now totally in one local population, with 150-160 individuals and in one small area only. In accordance with the latest version of the IUCN Red List Criteria 2000, (17) the subspecies courtoisi certainly qualifies as Endangered (EN), and quite possibly even Critically Endangered (CR), given its presumed population size and the range it actually seems to occupy. For example, of the four breeding sites of this taxon which have been located, none is larger than 10 ha in total size, which shows how phenomenally circumscribed the breeding territory of this relict subspecies has become.

The results of our exhaustive field searches reveal that the first, and for a long time also the only, record of Courtois's Laughingthrush, though nearly a century old, is by no means an incidental one. There has evidently long been a very small, remnant population of the bird tenaciously surviving in Wuyuan - and only Wuyuan.

In the last 10 years, the local authorities and government in Wuyuan County have been making constant efforts in conservation, including the delimiting of so-called Mini-Protected Areas (MPAs), with ranges varying from a few hectares to hundreds of hectares or even more. When field studies on courtoisi were initiated, more than 180 MPAs had already been established, which cover a remarkable portion of the territory of Wuyuan and should bode well for the future of the birds.


I hope you enjoy these shots at least part as much as I did taking them !

Two for Joy


And Baby Makes Three


Fluff


Fatty Bum Bum


Rainbow (sorry not great IQ but it amused me so I hope you enjoy it too) !


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Great series of a rare bird. Glad you were able to capture this. I really like the one taking a bath!!
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Great series! I love the bird bath picture, thanks for including it
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Wow they are really beautiful shots, beautifully captured!
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Mugmar, Ramcewan and Saly : many thanks for your comments, please to hear you enjoyed the series !
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Awesome photos, beautiful birds.
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Great shots of very interesting birds., Well done!
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